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 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - December 2018

December ChartA landslide victory for The Choir of King’s College Cambridge this month, with their album celebrating the hundredth anniversary of their Nine Lessons and Carols service (which is also Stephen Cleobury’s farewell recording as Director of Music) selling almost twice as many copies as our second-place recording, Francois-Xavier Roth’s marvellous contribution to the Debussy anniversary with Les Siècles. (You can read David's full review of the King's album here). Other popular seasonal discs include A Vaughan Williams Christmas from William Vann and Chapel Choir Of The Royal Hospital Chelsea, and The Sixteen’s A Renaissance Christmas, sitting at No. 11 and No. 15 respectively.

It’s also great to see five of our Top 10 Recordings of 2018 enjoying new leases of life – Franco Fagioli’s Handel Arias, Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Polina Leschenko’s Deux, Alexander Melnikov’s Four Pieces, Four Pianos and Rachel Podger’s Four Seasons with Brecon Baroque, as well as that Roth Debussy – and my own Personal Favourite of the Year, Steven Isserlis and Dénes Várjon’s Chopin and Schubert recital on Hyperion, appearing at No. 12!

No. 1 (No. 2 last month)

King’s College Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC

No. 2 (new entry)

Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

Available Formats: CD + DVD Video, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 3 (No. 8 last month)

Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 4 (No. 1 last month)

MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 5 (No. 3 last month)

Isabelle Faust (violin), Alexander Melnikov (piano), Tanguy de Williencourt (piano), Magali Mosnier (flute), Antoine Tamestit viola), Xavier de Maistre (harp), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello), Javier Perianes (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 6 (new entry)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 7 (No. 7 last month)

Hilary Hahn (violin)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 8 (No. 18 in August)

Rachel Podger (violin), Brecon Baroque

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 9 (No. 4 last month)

Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo), Ensemble Matheus, Jean-Christophe Spinosi

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 10 (No. 18 last month)

Sabine Devieilhe (soprano), Léa Desandre (mezzo), Le Concert d'Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 11 (new entry)

Chapel Choir Of The Royal Hospital Chelsea, William Vann

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 12 (No. 16 last month)

Steven Isserlis (cello) & Dénes Várjon (piano)

Available Format: CD

No. 13 (No. 6 last month)

Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4

Daniil Trifonov (piano), Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 14 (new entry)

Mitsuko Uchida (piano), Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

Available Format: 3 CDs + Blu-ray Audio + Blu-ray Video

No. 15 (new entry)

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 16 (new entry)

Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 17 (new entry)

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin), Polina Leschenko (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 18 (No. 19 in October)

Paul Watkins (cello), Louis Lortie (piano), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 19 (new entry)

Franco Fagioli (countertenor), Il Pomo d'Oro, Zefira Valova

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 20 (No. 20 last month)

Bach: Cello Suites

Yo-Yo Ma (cello)

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 21 (No. 21 in September)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 22 (new entry)

Yuja Wang (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 23 (new entry)

Natalya Romaniw, Eleanor Dennis, Kitty Whately, Robert Murray, Ben McAteer, Neal Davies; Kinder Children's Choir, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Concert Orchestra, John Andrews

Available Format: 2 SACDs

No. 24 (new entry)

Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Stravinsky

Alexander Melnikov (pianos)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 25 (new entry)

Sarah Fox (soprano), Mark Stone (baritone), James Ehnes (violin), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Manze

Available Formats: CD, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC, Hi-Res+ FLAC